Red Clover Blossoms

 

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Red Clover is an alterative herb. This means that it alters the way the body reacts to stress - emotional, physical or environmental - helping the body and mind to stay calm.  

Red Clover has been considered one of nature's best supplements!!

Red Clover is high in:

  • Vitamin C
  • B vitamins
  • beta-carotene
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • zinc 
  • copper
  • manganese
  • selenium 

Uses:

  • clears lymphatic congestion
  • skin issues:  eczema, psoriasis, burns, blisters, dry lips, even skin cancer (effective when taken internally and used as a wash or lotion)
  • lymphatic and blood cleansing 
  • respiratory problems (because it is gentle, it is especially good for children) 
  • Menopause
  • PMS

Because red clover blossoms are rich in plant hormones (phytoestrogens), they are know to be helpful in reducing uncomfortable menopausal symptoms!  Yippee!! :0)

A blend of red clover, sage and mother wort is a good blend for help with hot flashes and mood swings!

 Hormone Balance Tea  

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  • 2 parts dried chaste tree berries 
  • 2 parts dried dandelion leaves 
  • 2 parts dried red clover blossoms 
  • 1 part dried nettle leaves 
  • 1 part dried holy basil (tulsi)  
  • 1 part Lemon balm 
Hormone Balancing Tea

Hormone Balancing Tea

  1. Slightly crush the chaste tree berries in a food processor or a mortar and pestle.  
  2. Combine the herbs and place them in a 1-quart glass jar or in a tea ball.
  3. Pour boiling water over them to fill the mug or jar.
  4. Steep for 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Strain
  6. Drink 1 to 3 cups daily   
  7. Start drinking this tea several days before your PMS symptoms are expected and continuing through the first day or two of menstruation.***

For help with Eczema, Psoriasis and yeast infections, the following is a powerful antifungal, antibacterial, alterative, to fight bacterial and fungal infections, alleviate itching and speed tissue repair. 

Cleansing & Detox Vinegar

Equal part:

  • burdock root,
  • yellow dock root
  • dandelion root
  • dandelion leaves
  • red clover blossoms
  • calendula flowers
  • mint, minced
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup vodka or brandy
  1. Put above ingredients in a jar and let infuse for 4-6 week
  2. Strain and re-bottl
  3. Consume twice daily or as needed to see results

Along with the elimination of potential allergens, the consistent use of this vinegar, a healthy balanced diet and stress management :)) there is hope for relief!!!

Red Clover Whipped Lotion

Yields 2 to 3 cups

  • 1 cup fresh red clover blossoms
  • 1 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 to 2 cups distilled water or rose water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons jojoba or sweet almond oil (optional)

Make a tiny batch of this lotion at a time, perhaps for special occasions when you want your 

face to glow. It’s extremely rich and, depending on how much water you add, can be dense or 

light as a cloud.

  1. Place the herbs and cocoa butter in a bowl.
  2. Without heating, use a spoon to mix the blossoms into the cocoa butter.
  3. Cover and store in a dark cabinet or pantry.
  4. Steep for two weeks.
  5. In the top of a double boiler, gently heat the cocoa butter just until you can strain out the blossoms.
  6. Discard them and pour the melted cocoa butter into a deep soup pot (this is to reduce splattering).
  7. Using a wire whisk or an electric hand mixer, slowly add the distilled water by the tablespoonful, whisking constantly, until you have the desired consistency.
  8. Add the oil if  desired, and whisk together. Scrape the lotion into a small container.

This lotion lasts several weeks when refrigerated.”***

   ***Bellebuono, Holly. “The Essential Herbal for Natural Health" and Gladstar, Rosemary. “Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide.” Storey Publishing, 2012. 

 

**Caution:  Red clover has blood-thinning properties and should not be used by those who are 

taking heart medication or who have any type of blood-thinning problem. Discontinue red clover 

for 2 weeks before and after surgery.

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Melaleuca

Melaleuca to the rescue!!

Melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil, is another one of my most used products.  My whole family uses it!  Whenever we find a bit of acne, a canker sore or a cut in the mouth (which may lead to a canker sore) we break open the Melaleuca bottle! 

A friend of mine, when getting a sore throat, gargled with it several time and, voila! The sore throat dissipated! 

Melaleuca is used topically as well as internally.  It can be applied directly to the skin, but when using on sensitive skin, especially to the face, it may be necessary to mix with a bit of a carrier oil, such as almond, olive or sunflower oil.  Add to shampoo for dandruff, or a few drops to coconut oil for oil pulling.  

I use it as disinfectant for counter tops and I even keep a bottle in my car and purse as a hand sanitizer!!***

Melaleuca essential oil is a powerhouse!  It is:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antibiotic
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Astringent
  • Disinfectant
  • Analgesic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiparasitic
  • Expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Immune boosting

Here's why you would use it:

  • Acne -- apply directly or with a carrier oil
  • Cold, Flu, Bronchitis, Sore Throat,Tonsillitis -- gargle some water or Apple cider vinegar with a few drops of Melaleuca 
  • Cuts and Wounds -- apply directly
  • Gum Problems, Canker sores, Cold sores, Herpes -- apply directly or use with oil pulling.   I pour a drop directly on my canker sore; it helps heal it and slightly numb it. 
  • Yeast Infection - apply directly or with a carrier oil
  • MRSA
  • Nail infections
  • Rashes
  • EczemaAthletes foot & Dandruff -- apply directly or add to shampoo.  The very best remedy for dandruff is Apple Cider Vinegar with a few drops of Melaleuca and/or Rosemary essential oil.  Massage into scalp.  It's great if you can let it sit on your scalp for a bit, and then shampoo
  • Boils
  • Allergies
  • Chicken Pox & Shingles
  • Infections
  • Warts
  • Ring Worm, Scabies

Not all Melaleuca essential oil/Tea Tree Oil is pure and of high quality.  Therefore, the results will vary from brand to brand.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact me, or click below to order the brand I use and highly recommend:

Precautions:  Use with care during pregnancy. 

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Cannabis Herbal Oil

Cannabis herbal oil is effective for:

  • sprains
  • arthritis
  • buises
  • sore, tired muscles
  • reducing inflammation
  • headaches
  • gout
  • skin healing
  • anxiety
  • sleep

Directions:

  • Fill a glass jar 3/4 full with these hemp buds.  
  • Fill the jar the rest of the way with olive, sunflower or almond oil.
  • Close lid tightly, label lid and jar with contents and date
  • Store in a warm, sunny place for 4-6 weeks.  Feel free to shake every so often
  • At the end of 4-6 weeks, strain herbs and bottle the oil, preferably in an amber glass bottle and store in a dark, cool cupboard.

To Use:

  • Apply generously to bruises, burns, sprains, sore and achy joints and muscles.

 

 

Optional:  

Make this herbal oil into a salve

Directions:

  • In a double broiler (I use a glass jar, inside a pot of simmering water),  warm oil
  • add 3 Tbsps of beeswax pellets to every cup of oil
  • pour into a salve container and let cool 

Oat Straw

 

Oat Straw is known as a full-body tonic, natural antibiotic, restorative nerve tonic, stimulant, antioxidant, antidepressant, antispasmodic, stabilizes thyroid function, regulates blood sugar, reduces cholesterol levels. 

Rich in Vitamins A, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 & E.  Rich in Calcium, folate, Iron, Selenium, Silicon, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Oat straw is an excellent tea for:

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  • Acne
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis, Rheumatism & Bursitis
  • Bed Wetting
  • Depression, Anxiety & Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Immunity
  • Insomnia
  • MS
  • Recovery from illness
  • Skin health & repair -- Oat straw tea has zinc vitamins A, D & E and silicon which makes it a powerful tea for your skin.   Since oat straw has natural antibiotic properties, you can also use the tea as a healing wash for your skin. 
  • Shiny hair, strong nails and radiant skin
  • Strength & Vitality
  • Thyroid
  • Varicose Veins -- wash cloth soaked in Oat straw tea, applied topically

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Oat straw tea is one of my favorites!!

  • Heat water on the stove, not the microwave
  • fill tea ball (see below) with oatstraw
  • pour hot water over tea ball
  • cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes
  • sweeten with stevia or raw honey
  • serve warm or make a big batch and keep in the fridge -- serve over ice! :)

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Orange Peel

 

Peels from the Sweet Orange family have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine since at least the 2nd century BC.

There are substantially more enzymes, flavonoids, and phyto-nutrients in the Orange peel than in the fruit itself.  All of the essential components accumulate in the peel, begging the question, "Why in the world don't we use the peel?!?!"

Orange Peel is rich in:

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  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B1
  • Choline
  • Folic Acid
  • flavonoids (60+)
  • d-limonene
  • alpha-carotene
  • beta-carotene
  • numerous vitamins & minerals

I used to purchase orange peel powder from Mountain Rose Herbs, however, as I was tossing out my organic orange peels one day, I wondered why I don't I make it myself?!  So now I do, and it is SO much better when it is fresh and home prepared!  The fresh orange scent and flavor is amazing!

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Here's how I do it:

  • peel orange :) 
  • hang or spread peel out to dry
  • when peel is dry and firm like a cracker, blend in blender until powdered
  • store in a jar in a cool dark cupboard

How To Use:

  • In place of powdered Vitamin C, such as "Airborne" or "Emergen C", I mix this (and a few other powdered herbs) in a little water or juice. See future post on Vitamin C Powder
  • Use in recipes that call for Orange Zest or Orange Peel
  • Put, along with a few other powdered herbs into capsules and take as you would vitamin C

 

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Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

 

Lemon Balm has been known as the "The Nerve Balm," "Cure-All" and "The Elixir of Life."

It smells wonderful, is easy to grow and is well-loved by bees and humans, alike! 🐝

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon & Peppermint essential oils antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic, antihistamine, invigorating, shall I go on?!😜. Check out all the ways to use it!  

Peppermint Herb & Essential Oil

I gotta say that peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils!!  Some of my sweet friends would say, "yeah, yeah, you say that about everything you use" (and especially about the exercises I put you through;0)

But, seriously, I think that peppermint is my most used oil!  It is invigorating!  For sure! And it really opens my airways!  I always take a drop before I go in to teach class. Besides giving me fantastic breath, right ladies?!?!;0), it helps me to breathe and gives me a little extra boost of energy!

Here's some stuff you might not have known about peppermint: 

  • Astringent
  • Expectorant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Stimulant
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Analgesic

 

Sounds good, huh?! :) 

During my boys' high school basketball season, during the winter, mind you, it is SO hot in the gym!  Especially against a rival school when the gym is jam packed!  So, being the resourceful women we are, my sweet friends and I (thanks, LaMarr and Tamara) pulled out our peppermint oil, dabbed it on our temples, the back of our neck and our tongues!   Voila!  We were feeling cooler!  (Sadly, though, I rubbed my eye one time and oooh, that's not pleasant!  Keep essential oils out of your eyes!!!! )

When my mother-in-law was newly recovering from her liver transplant and was on a lot of meds, she was extremely itchy!    Applying peppermint, topically, finally gave her relief!  It was the only thing that helped!

Here are other possible uses: 

  • Itching
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Stress
  • Allergies
  • Congestion
  • Colic
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu & Colds
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Insect Bites
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Indigestion
  • Motion Sickness
  • Stomach Ache
  • Nausea
  • Fever

How to use it:

As with any remedy, natural or otherwise, please use caution:  Peppermint has a strong cooling sensation.  Do not use with infants.  Use with care during pregnancy.  If in doubt, consult your physician.

    • Breathe the aroma 
    • Take it orally -- a drop or two in a shot of water or a drop directly on your tongue (but make sure you only get one drop!  It's potent!)
    • Apply it topically either by itself or in equal portions with a carrier oil such as almond oil.
    • I use fresh or dried Peppermint leaves in my Thieves Vinegar 

 

  • Because peppermint essential oil has become quite popular, it is mass produced.  Be cautious when buying Peppermint essential oil that is from a high volume production process which cuts quality and purity to reduce expense.  Low cost frequently, though not always, means lower quality.    To get more info, please contact me, or to ORDER the brand that I use and highly recommend, click here:

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Calendula Flowers

 

Calendula flowers are amazing for the skin!

  • soothes and heals.  
  • kills parasites, both internal and external,
  • kills bacterial infections and even cases of sepsis.  
  • powerful germ-fighter,
  • antiviral and antimicrobial 
  • great for cleansing the lymphatic system
  • treats swollen glands
  • detoxifies the body
  • has estrogenic properties, so it's beneficial for menopause as well as menstruation.
  • soothes digestive distress and inflammation in the bowels
  • treats canker sores

Calendula Tea:

  • Calendula flowers and hot water
  • Pour hot water over flowers, cover and steep for 10-5 minutes
  • Strain flowers and enjoy! :)  -- I like mine sweetened with a little stevia or honey ;)

     Use To:

  • soothe digestive distress and inflammation in the bowels 
  • treat canker sores
  • use the tea directly on the skin as a a face wash, directly on the spots for skin eruptions, infections, cuts and sores

Calendula Tincture:

  • calendula flowers and alcohol
  • soak flowers in alcohol for for 2-6 weeks
  • strain and use on canker sores and cold sores

Calendula Oil:

  • Fill a glass jar 3/4 full with calendula buds
  • Fill the jar almost to the top with almond or olive oil
  • Seal and label the jar and set in a warm sunny place, shaking gently every day for 3-6 weeks.
  • For extra strength, strain and add a fresh batch of calendula flowers.  Let this infuse for another 3-6 weeks
  • Strain and bottle
  • store in a cool dark place

     To Use:

  • apply topically to swollen glands, rashes, eczema, etc.
  • or make into a salve

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Calendula Salve:

  • 1/2 cup Calendula Oil (above)
  • 1/8 cup beeswax pastilles
  • 3-4 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

  • Place the oil and beeswax in a glass jar
  • Place the glass jar in a pot of water
  • Gently heat, melting the beeswax
  • Let cool slightly and add the lavender essential oil
  • Pour into small jars
  • LABEL and store in cool dark place

I also use Calendula flowers in my Elderberry Syrup and Immune Boosting Tincture

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Lavender Flowers & Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Angustifolia is most widely known for it's calming and sedative properties. However, it's benefits reach far beyond the scope of emotional support. 

Lavender is absolutely great to calm stressful nerves, help bring sleep and rest to the restless and improve the peace of mind of those with anxiety.  It is also antidepressant.  Though it seems that anxiety and depression might be opposites, they frequently go hand in hand.   

Since lavender is one of the most popular and most used essential oils, it must have some other properties as well. And sure enough it does!

Lavender is:

  • analgesic: it is an excellent pain reliever!   it's wonderful on burns, blisters, boils, insect and bug bites, bee stings, cuts, diabetic sores, chicken pox,...
  • antihistamine: it is effective for allergies.     
  • anti fungal: it is effective for dandruff, diaper rash, cradle cap, itching,...
  • regenerative: it is effective for poison ivy, rashes, scars & wrinkles!!  Woohoo!:)
  • sedative: it is effective for anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, pms, menopause and mood swings!   Can I get another "Woohoo!" :)

Uses:

  • A couple of drops on wool dryer balls in my dryer and my laundry smells fabulous!  Great with sheets for a restful sleep -- Thanks, Robbie! :0)
  • I use it on my face daily, under my eyes and on trouble spots -- be sure to keep it out of the eye!
  • I use it in my essential oil deoderant blend -- and then I smell great! ;)
  • When stressed or anxious, put a dab on the temples, neck and wrists and breathe deeply 
  • Diffuse it in the air for aromatherapy
  • Awesome for burns!!  Put a dab directly on the burn and it should soothe
  • Helps scars to heal and fade!
  • Use fresh Lavender flowers in Thieves Vinegar

 Lavender is gentle and, if using a quality, pure lavender essential oil, it may be applied topically, even on sensitive skin.  However, if it is bothersome to the skin, mix it with a bit of a "carrier oil" such as almond, coconut, sunflower, olive,...

With any remedy, natural or otherwise, please be cautious and: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, please consult your physician. Possible skin sensitivity. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas. 

Not all Lavender essential oil is pure and of high quality, so results may vary from brand to brand.  To get more info or to order the brand I use and highly recommend, contact me or click below to purchase:

 

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Lavender Essential Oil💜  -- since there are several types of lavender plants, be sure the essential oil you choose is from the Lavender Angustifolia plant.